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INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY
Good Earth sources 100% of our electricity from renewable sources, and we are longtime customers of Marin Clean Energy’s Deep Green Energy Program.
From heating water to powering refrigerators, grocery stores require a tremendous amount of energy to operate. We recognize this, and have always challenged ourselves to build the most energy efficient stores we can.
When we opened our Fairfax store on Center Blvd. in February 2012, solar panels atop our building supplied the energy to heat our hot water. Since then, we have leased the rooftops of the Fairfax Plaza across the street from us to complete our large photovoltaic system.
We worked with local San Rafael-based Cooperative Community Energy to manage the project, and with Sun First! Solar also located in San Rafael for installation. Installation began in January 2013, and as of April 2013 100% of the solar energy captured is being delivered back to Good Earth, with the remainder coming from Marin Clean Energyʼs Deep Green Renewable Energy Program.
Our current solar array in Fairfax covers 40,000 square feet of rooftop and supplies about 35% of our electricity.
The total size of our 852 panel Fairfax system is 40,000 square feet and generates 201.5 kW AC (238.6 kW DC). The total expected annual output is 346,273kWh.
Major 2019 Expansion Planned, Covering 80-90% Of Electric Needs
Our solar system is already one of the largest in Marin County, and in 2019 we announced that we will be expanding upon the system. Our planned expansion will consist of 892 additional panels, cover the roof of our Fairfax store, and is expected to generate 298kW per hour, or 489,340kW per year. We are investing in highly efficient panels, which will allow the entire array to lay flat with the roofline, rather than have each panel individually tilted.
This expansion alone will generate roughly 54% of our entire electrical demand. Combined with the existing array on the Fairfax Plaza building across the street, we expect to cover 80-90% of the store’s electric consumption. We expect to complete this project by Summer 2019.
“At Good Earth, respect for the Earth is what we are all about, so we go out of our way to reduce our footprint whenever possible. We are thrilled to be able to take such a big step toward sustainability with this solar project.” – Mark Squire, Partner
The reality is that full service grocery stores are huge energy suckers, and we’ve done everything we can to build an energy efficient store. Along with being a customer of Marin Clean Energy’s Deep Green program, we and our incredibly supportive community, can feel good about supporting a truly green business for a long time. We are also grateful for our continued partnership with our Fairfax Plaza landlords for partnering with us in the use of the expansive rooftops across the street.” – Al Baylacq, Partner